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Hi I'm Carol Nelson

I grew up in New Jersey and converted when I was 19 years old and living in Albuquerque New Mexico, serving in the US Air Force.

About Me

My husband and I have 6 children, and 21 going on 23 grandchildren. We all love music, and some have made a career of it. I love sewing, and learning new techniques about designing and sewing professionally looking garments that fit properly. My husband became interested in quilting a few years ago, and now we enjoy sewing and quilting together while we watch movies or listen to books on tape. I enjoy walking and kayaking and being physically active. I'm an ordinance worker in the temple, and I especially love it when I have the opportunity to help someone who is going to the temple for the first time. I'm the only church member in my family of 4 sisters and myself and my parents.

Why I am a Mormon

I was serving in the Air Force, living away from home for the first time when I met a few members of the church. I was raised Catholic, and had always gone to church, but as I moved from New Jersey to Texas, and then Texas to New Mexico, it was confusing to me why my church was so different every place I went. One member who I worked with in the dental clinic told me that he knew that his church was true, and that he could go to church anywhere in the entire world and it would be the same, because if it was true it should be the same. That captured my interest, and then he gave me a copy of "A Marvelous Work and a Wonder" to read. After reading that, I took the missionary discussions and was eventually baptized. I have never had such peace as I've had since my baptism 43 years ago. I have confidence about who I am and what my purpose is and where I'm going. I know how I should treat others. I know that Jesus Christ is the source of everything good in my life, and He is my savior. He lived on earth and showed us how to live, how to handle adversity, unkindness, cruelty, injustice; how to have gratitude, help others, and most of all how to live happily. My life is different than it would have been without my baptism, and it is so much better.

How I live my faith

I like to visit the other women in our ward and neighborhood. I used to be the president of our women's organization, and I got to know most of the women then. So many people suffer silently with many heartaches. It makes me feel useful when I can visit someone who is lonely, or fulfill a need of some kind. I try to be a good example and practice what I preach. I study the scriptures daily. I can never learn enough. I try to listen to the promptings that come to me when I pray and throughout the day, because I know that Heavenly Father knows things that I don't know, and He can direct me if I am in tune with His spirit.